How Orchids Helped Charles Darwin Understand Nature—and How Darwin Helped Scientists Understand Orchids
Charles Darwin is known for his work in the Galapagos Islands, his study of birds and insects and the development of the theory of evolution as presented in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species. What is less well-known is Darwin’s work as a botanist and the important role that orchids played in the development of his ideas.
For life to be satisfying, many people find it helps to have a source of purpose–something or someone that guides and motivates them. For Dallas-area engineer Charles Hess, his source of purpose could be summed up in one word: Orchids.
The Rainforest Conservatory is currently filled with an orchids from every corner of the globe. You might think you could never evoke a tropical paradise in your own home, but orchids are more accessible than you might think. With a few simple tips, you can create your own World of Orchids.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites visitors to “World of Orchids,” a dazzling indoor exhibit that runs Feb. 24 – April 9.